The Center warmly welcomes Dr. Su-San Chang, the 13th Director of FFTC, and the first woman to head the International Center. Last February 24, FFTC Deputy Director Dr. Akira Hasebe introduced Dr. Chang to all the staff members of the Center during a meeting at the Center board room.
An agricultural chemist and soil scientist, Dr. Su-San Chang first worked for 15 years as a Research Assistant and an Associate Researcher at Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI). After that, she held various positions in the Council of Agriculture (COA), Executive Yuan for 25 years. She has accumulated lots of experiences in policy making, administration and project implementation on international affairs, multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) matters, regulations on pesticides and animal drugs, planning and development and management of science parks, etc. Prior to her appointment as the new Director of FFTC, Dr. Chang used to be the Director General of Pingtung Agricultural Biotechnology Park (PABP), a position she held for 3 years and 7 months. She was posted in the Permanent Mission of Taiwan, Penghu, Kingman and Matsu to the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland as an Agricultural Counselor during 2003 and 2008. From 2008 to 2013, she was the Director General of COA’s Department of International Affairs. After that, from 2013 to 2016, she got promoted and became the Director General of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ).
A doctorate degree holder in soil science from the University of California at Davis, USA, in 1992, Dr. Chang got her Masters and Bachelor degrees in agricultural chemistry from National Taiwan University in 1976 and 1978, respectively. She replaced former FFTC Director Dr. Kuo-Ching Lin, who recently retired from the Center on January 31, 2020.